Celebrating 21 Years

March 30, 2015

The Waterford Adult Education Centre held its annual Awards Ceremony in the Tower Hotel and celebrated its 21st Anniversary on 12 March 2015. The Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Waterford, Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan was the guest of honour and presented certificates to the successful graduates.

The Waterford Adult Education Centre’s courses are accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). This year, there are 97 FETAC Certificates to be presented. The Waterford Adult Education Centre offers QQI Level 5 accredited courses in Information Processing, Business Administration, Interior Design, Creative Craft and Fashion Design and Accessories.

The Waterford Adult Education Centre is in its twenty first year of providing free, full-time accredited educational and training programmes under the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) to adults aged 21 years or over in receipt of eligible Social Protection payments and our ethos is to provide a supportive learning environment for our adult learners enabling them to progress on to employment, self-employment or further education. Over the years, many of our graduates have progressed to further education, training and employment in areas as diverse as Social Care, Nursing, Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Teaching and the Fine Arts.

The Waterford Adult Education Centre works closely with the Regional Educational Guidance Service for Adults and the Adult Learning Scheme and the Waterford Local Enterprise Board to support and guide our adult learners. 2014 has been a successful year for our graduates who have progressed on to employment, further education and setting up their own business. Michelle Counihan Interiors and Paul Kirby of “Catsmelodjan” both VTOS graduates in Interior Design and Craft showcased their businesses at the awards ceremony. Clairin Jackson, who recently graduated with a degree from WIT and who is now working with Manor Properties spoke about how the VTOS Business and Computers course was her first step back into full-time education. Another former student, Marcus Copley, spoke of how the Interior Design course introduced him to new skills and is presently in a Community Employment Scheme with the Waterford Viking Triangle.

The Waterford Adult Education Centre is currently welcoming applications for all of its courses commencing in September 2015. For more information please contact Fintan Byrne at 051-852803.

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The Waterford Adult Education Centre Best Student Award, sponsored by the Irish Handmade Glass Company, was presented to Creative Craft student Emily Moore.

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Certificate Recipients in Fashion Design

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Certificate Recipients in Creative Craft.

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Certificate Recipients in Information Processing
& Business Administration.

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Certificate Recipients in Art, Craft & Design.

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Cutting the cake to celebrate the 21st year of Waterford Adult Education Centre at their Annual V.T.O.S. Awards Ceremony were from left: Mary Walsh, Adult Education Officer, WWETB; Eilís Leddy Chief Executive/Acting WWETB; Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Waterford Cllr. Lola O’ Sullivan; Helena Finlay, V.T.O.S. Co-ordinator and John Tynan, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.


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